Whew! I made it! I finally finished reading all 813 pages. If you've read or are considering reading An Echo in the Bone, then you are a die hard Diana Gabaldon fan. This is the seventh book in the Outlander series and they seem to grow in proportion to the number of new characters introduced. Yes, there's a cast of thousands by this book.
Okay, I am a die hard fan. Let's put that out there. I started reading these books when I was 19. I won't say how long ago that was but there were only 2 in the series at the time. The series has grown with me but some things never change. Claire and Jamie still hump like bunnies (get the hose). They still get into hot water. And there's always war.
So, when we left our heroes they were planning on going to Scotland but they get waylaid by the American Revolution. Roger and Brianna went through the stones to get back to the present (future?). Here's the run down- bullet style:
- people get killed
- people come back from the dead
- vengeance, comeuppance and reconciliation
- there is surgery
- there is loss of body parts
- there be pirates
- love triangles
- everyone is dirty, stinky & hungry
- Everybody Loves Ben Franklin
- a Cape Bretoner shows up & gives a shout out to his homies in Boisdale
- people cross the ocean so much they get frequent travel points
Then as quick as you can adjust your flux capacitor, it's Back to the Future with Roger and Brianna in present day (1980) Scotland where they watch events unfold through Ye Olde Letters and textbooks. The 20th century is just too safe and boring. Roger teaches Gaelic and Brianna engineers. They have lots o'sex (get the hose). It's so ho-hum you wonder when Brianna will turn to Roger and say, "Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads." But then things get interesting and there's only 50 pages left and you suspect Gabaldon's real name is Cliff Hanger.
So then you come to the end of 813 pages and feel like you've haven't really gotten anywhere but it sure was fun anyway. After all, it's like reading about old friends. The characters are so well written they are real people. People I don't always agree with, people who get on my nerves sometimes- you know, like family. And I love them. Cause you got to love family.
I did have a few issues. There is just too much of the war. Enough already! And a couple of scenes just didn't seem like they belonged. But you never know that whole series might hinge on those scenes in Book 11. There also seemed to an awful lot of amazing coincidences. Still, I won't hold any grudges because Gabaldon's words are like sinky sand, you disappear into them.
To sum up: Made of awesome!
Thanks to Random House Canada for the review copy.
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